The Wizard of Oz (link to the dvd on Amazon) is one of the most universally known and loved films of all time. Everything about it just feels, somehow, magical and each scene leaves you with a sense of wonder whether you’ve seen it 100 times or you’re watching it for the first time.
I hope these publicity photos leave you with a little of that wonder, today.
Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Bret Lahr, and Terry (Toto)
The Wizard of Oz Cast
Judy Garland – Dorothy
Frank Morgan – The Wizard of Oz
Ray Bolger – The Scarecrow
Bert Lahr – The Cowardly Lion
Jack Haley – The Tin Man
Billie Burke – Glinda
Margaret Hamilton – The Wicked Witch of the West
Terry – Toto (Terry, unlike Toto, happened to be a girl!)
Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, and Ray Bolger
- The Scarecrow makeup that Ray Bolger wore on his face consisted of a rubber prosthetic with a woven pattern that resembled burlap. By the time the film was finished the prosthetic had left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to entirely go away.
- Judy Garland said she had a hard time acting scared of the Wicked Witch because Margaret Hamilton was such a nice person.
When filming first started, Judy Garland wore a blonde wig and heavy, “baby-doll” type makeup. When George Cukor assumed the role of intermediate director , he (thank goodness!) got rid of the wig and most of the makeup and told her to just be herself…. which proved to be the best advice possible.
- Judy Garland became very fond of Terry and wanted her for her own dog – however, Terry’s owner (understandably) had no interest in giving her up.
- Ray Bolger (The Scarecrow )was originally cast as the Tin Man.
- Margaret Hamilton was a lifelong fan of the Oz books and was overjoyed to take part in the film.
- Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett, The Beverly Hillbillies) was originally cast as the Scarecrow, but switched roles with Ray Bolger. However, Tin Man costume contained aluminum dust, which ended up coating Ebsen’s lungs. He was also very allergic to it and one day had such a horrible reaction that he couldn’t breathe and had to be rushed to the hospital. The role was immediately recast. Buddy Ebsen, reportedly, was very upset about it – considering it humiliating and a personal affront. When Jack Haley was chosen to be the new Tin Man, the make-up was changed from aluminum dust to aluminum paste.
Margaret Hamilton has said that when she watches the scene where the Wizard (Frank Morgan) gives Dorothy’s friends gifts from his “black bag” (a diploma for the Scarecrow, a ticking heart for the Tin Man and a medal for the Cowardly Lion), she gets teary-eyed, because as she says, “Frank Morgan was just like that in real life–very generous.”